#FBF, Flash Book Friday, is a sporadic (told y'all it's sporadic!) meme in which I will share and discuss with you books that I've read in the past (pre-blog) that has made an impression on me. Yup, because I really need more reasons to talk about books.
DISCOVERY OF WITCHES
All Souls Trilogy 1 | Deborah Harkness | February 20
I read Discovery of Witches before I started blogging and like most books, there were parts of it that I loved and some that I didn't like as much.
I love Deborah Harkness' prose, it's very literary and sometimes almost lyrical. I also appreciate a well researched novel especially as All Souls Trilogy has academics and scholars for heroes, Diana Bishop is a post graduate student while Matthew Clairmont is a geneticist. I know DHarkness is a college professor in real life and she really made use of her studies in the trilogy. Historical figures, facts, and significant places were carefully woven into her story and that really impressed me.
Now Discovery of Witches was published at the height of Sookie Stackhouse, Twilight, and other vampire PNR/UF series that are fast paced, highly sexual, and filled with instant gratification. Matthew and Diana's romance leans more towards the romantic side than it is lustful and greedy, it's full of passion, devotion, and the sexual part taking a back seat. The tone of the trilogy is very literary fiction, very deliberate and compared to it's more popular counterparts, it demands to be relished and not breezed through. Discovery of Witches is definitely no cheap trashy romance, it's very smart and well written that even "snobbish" readers are won over by Matt and Diana's tale.
That said I was one of the select few who didn't go gaga over this one. I was one of those readers who can't get enough of the fast and furious action that PNR/UF lent and I wanted more of the smexy Alpha supes the likes of Eric Northman, Jacob Black, those Caldwell BDB vamps and them Dark-Hunters and their equally vamped up consorts. Almost the complete opposite of the cool and almost highbrow pair of Matt and Diana.
Now even if I'm not blown away by the story, I still love escaping to it. The last of the trilogy, The Book of Life, is coming soon and from the events that took place in Shadow of Night, I sure would like to know what's going to happen to Matt and Diana and how they're going to pull off their mission.
I have to cancel that out because I just found out (thanks for the update Bookwyrm!) that this fell through! Oh well, maybe the series could benefit from cable TV a la Outlander. Hopefully DHarkness goes that route instead.